Last Known U.S. Slave Ship, the Clotilda, Said to Have Been Discovered in Alabama — The Root

Researchers recently announced they’ve located the remains of the last known ship known to bring enslaved Africans to what we now call the United States.

According to the Alabama Historical Commission, slave importing was officially banned in 1808, though an illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade continued for many years. In 1860, 50 years after importing slaves was deemed illegal, a ship named the Clotilda illegally transported 110 people from present-day Benin on the west coast of Africa, to Mobile, Alabama. After its delivery of black people to slave owners, just one year before the Civil War, the ship was burned to destroy evidence of its illegal activity.

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